To fans he was ‘the Galloping Garbo’, a shy working-class hero who thrilled crowds in between shifts as a garbage man. To opponents who dreaded facing his Polynesian power, he was a disrupter known as ‘The Big O’. To coaches and media critics, he was simply ‘Olsen the enigma’.

In 1980, a shy Maori-Samoan joined the Sydney competition playing for the Balmain Tigers, Eastern Suburbs Roosters and the North Sydney Bears. Whilst playing in Sydney he represented his beloved Kiwis and tormented the Kangaroos, introducing a Polynesian culture and power game that would revolutionise the sport.

The Big O is the story of Olsen Filipaina, a New Zealand Hall of Fame rugby league legend who was a reluctant pioneer for the Pacific Revolution – the influx of Māori and Pasifika players who today dominate the NRL.

Celebrate Father’s Day with a copy of ‘The Big O’ The Life and Times of Olsen Filipaina – Pacific Revolution Pioneer by Patrick Skene.

The book is signed by Olsen Filipaina.

You can order your signed copy here 👉

Place your order before 30 August 2021.

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